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The Book of Lost Things: A Novel [Hardcover]

John Connolly
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Nov. 7 2006
'Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother !' As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters in his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Thriller writer Connolly (Every Dead Thing) turns from criminal fears to primal fears in this enchanting novel about a 12-year-old English boy, David, who is thrust into a realm where eternal stories and fairy tales assume an often gruesome reality. Books are the magic that speak to David, whose mother has died at the start of WWII after a long debilitating illness. His father remarries, and soon his stepmother is pregnant with yet another interloper who will threaten David's place in his father's life. When a portal to another world opens in time-honored fashion, David enters a land of beasts and monsters where he must undertake a quest if he is to earn his way back out. Connolly echoes many great fairy tales and legends (Little Red Riding Hood, Roland, Hansel and Gretel), but cleverly twists them to his own purposes. Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn. (Nov.)
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"* 'Seldom has a thriller writer been so adept at turning the screw yet further and evoking a sense of awful dread among his landscapes and tormented characters. Colourful but visceral grand guignol, and definitely not to be read at night.' - Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian on The Black Angel * 'Connolly has made a name for himself specialising in darkness, and THE BLACK ANGEL is no exception. Five Star.' - Daily Mirror on The Black Angel * 'Connolly has virtually no match when it comes to chilling his readers.' - Daily Express on The Black Angel * 'There is a precision to the horrors... that make them one of the few sequences to have found anything interesting to say about serial killers since Thomas Harris.' - Independent on The Black Angel" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item June 8 2014
By S. Byun
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was a bit late on coming but still a great item.
Was able to read it for my English class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book May 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is what fairy tales should be. Terrifying.
Read this a few years ago, and it stayed etched in my memory. I had to make the book mine, and read it again.
And again and again.

(Thanks Amazon for getting it to me so quickly!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Lost Things Oct. 1 2012
Format:Paperback
Its an amazing book full of adventure. It can be scary and horrific at times but you will never get bored. You will need to know what happens next and you won't be able to stop reading it! I am an 19 year old who loved every second of it. Its a book for all ages but not for a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Lost Things June 4 2007
By maggie
Format:Hardcover
From reading this book, The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly, one is able to reflect their past experience to events that occurred within the book. John Connolly displays a boy's life and transition from childhood to manhood. Events within the book reveal many lessons to be learned in life. I enjoyed the concept of a boy's journey to realize what he really lost and found from the tragic lost of his mother. The key moral to be obtained from the book is that with every action taken, there is a sacrifice to be compensated. The main character, David, discovered this when he encountered the ghost of a little girl who had gone through a devastating death.

One of my most favourite characters within the book was Roland. Roland was a knight who was in search for a dark tower. As you read the book, you will recognize many tales within it and one of the tales was about a knight who was in search of a tower to rescue a princess that was trapped within it. This short story was a bit altered in the book; it was a combination of Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. The reason why I favour this character is because of his life story. He was in love with another knight and was in search for that knight, who had gone on the quest in search for the dark tower. Roland met his end in the tower but was still able to find his lost love. Though it was a tragedy, it ended in a happy ending for Roland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Aug. 12 2009
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful fairy tale. This is a book you will not easily forget. Good luck sleeping at night. You won't want to put it down!
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